Reinstate the ThegnThrand YouTube Channel (RESOLVED!)
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The YouTube Channel Thegn Thrand conducts tests of medieval weapons and armor for educational and entertainment purposes and has recently been unjustly terminated by YouTube with no warning or communication. The termination was triggered by two older videos on his channel that were deemed to promote unsafe practices. In truth, the videos in question explore the historical reality of certain combative practices, specifically ninja fire techniques and 13th century firepots. Even with this historical and educational validation for the videos in question, the channel's host (Thrand) would have happily removed the videos to avoid the termination of his YouTube channel. All YouTube needed to do was contact him about the matter. Instead his channel was terminated with no forewarning.
Thrand's content is fun, educational and in no way deserves to be terminated. We hope this petition will see ThegnThrand's Youtube channel reinstated and create further protection and consideration within YouTube for the other medieval weapon and armor channels.
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The termination of ThegThrand’s YouTube channel is indicative of a much larger problem facing YouTube and shows that this type of unjust censorship is affecting many channels too small to do anything about it.
The videos in question which triggered the termination of Thrand’s Channel were not bomb making tutorials but an experimental archeological video regarding a medieval weapon. Far worse has been shown and explained on Mythbusters and regular chemistry science channels. Still, if the videos in question are deemed too inappropriate for YouTube Thrand was more than willing to remove the videos had he known his whole channel could have been terminated and will happily remove them to see his channel reinstated.
YouTube has the potential to offer society far more than simple uncontroversial entertainment. It can also be a legitimate news source and educational resource, but only if information is not restricted.
ThegnThrand’s channel and regular content is a wonderful educational recourse for the historical hobbyist, reenactment, sword enthusiast, and experimental archaeological communities because he has shown himself willing to do countless tests than are not to be found in many other places on the internet. His content in no way encourages violence any more than most movies, tv shows and video games, including many videos currently published on YouTube that have not been blacklisted like Thrand’s have been. His content also does not encourage anymore unsafe practices as parkour, extreme sports or thrill-seeking videos do, which seem to be allowed on YouTube and result in more injuries and “unsafe behavior” than the experimental archeology that Thrand explores on his channel.
I hope you can see the blatant double standard being applied in this case and that the exploration of martial history looks at subjects such as weapons and violence but in no way encourages the use of these historical weapons on other humans, but rather seeks an understanding of historical weapons in the hopes to understand our past.
Please reinstate the ThegnThrand YouTube channel as soon as possible.
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